Work: The Trojans (Les Troyens)

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ComposerBerlioz, Hector (1803-1869)
PeriodRomantic
Work typeOpera / Oratorio
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ManchesterThe Hallé and Hallé Youth Orchestra

Wagner, Berlioz
The Hallé; Sir Mark Elder; The Hallé Youth Orchestra; Jonathon Heyward

LondonProphecy – Scottish Ensemble with Christine Rice and Matthew Truscott

Stravinsky, Haydn, Purcell, Berlioz
Matthew Truscott; Christine Rice; Scottish Ensemble
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Horse and Carthage: The Trojans in Nuremberg

A typically thought-provoking production of The Trojans from Calixto Bieito combines with a thrilling musical performance to compensate for a heavily fileted version of Berlioz's magnum opus.
****1
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“Gloire à DiDonato”: Les Troyens in Strasbourg

Nothing is better than when Berlioz ramps up the decibels. With a huge orchestra and choir and a deluxe starry cast assembled in Strasbourg, this was a special performance. 
*****
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Troy Story: Les troyens in Hamburg

A musically strong revival of an austere production still leaves one feeling short-changed.
***11
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Massive set overshadows the Lyric Opera's Les Troyens

This production, directed by Tim Albery and with sets and costumes by Tobias Hoheisel, boasts more than one megastar.
***11
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McVicar's Les Troyens arrives in San Francisco

Staging the operatic behemoth that is Berlioz's Les Troyens comes with huge challenges to harness the artistic, technical and dramatic qualities in a work which spans more than four hours. 
***11
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